James Harden and his Houston Rockets squad had their share of ups and downs during the 2015-2016 NBA season. They fired Kevin McHale, making J.B. Bickerstaff the coach to take the team to the playoffs last year. Even though they put out of the first round by the Golden State Warriors, next season has plenty of optimistic fuel running through it for the Rockets.
Head Coach Mike D’Antoni and guard Eric Gordon are just a couple of the changes the Rockets have made this off-season. Harden and D’Antoni quickly began their venture together with film work, seeing this season off to a great start. Harden spoke with reporters about his new shoe with Adidas, the offensive and defensive system of Mike D’Antoni, and much more with reporters.
“You know what? The day he got hired, we watched film. We’ve communicated several times a week. You know, it’s going to work,” Harden said. “‘m really excited about it because he’s prepared. He’s prepared, he’s given me knowledge, he’s given me things where I can fit into his offense and what he’s trying to do.”
Harden was at his best last season, averaging 29 points per-game along with 7.5 assists and 6.1 rebounds. There’s no doubt that Harden will still be the guy the team seeks leadership from next season, hoping yo make a strong playoff run.
“Now with the more talent that’s going to release some offensive pressure off me, I’m going to be able to go out there and play both ends of the floor at a high level.”